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Superb antique repeater French carriage clock - c. 1900/10 - fully restored

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Seller: crahanfarm (83) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 113074578869 Foreword This is an unsigned, heavy and fine decorative French repeater carriage clock; being 18.7 cms. tall with its handle raised. Please take good note of the pictures and description, as they form an integral part of this auction. Other clocks I have restored can be seen running during “open” testing and then when fully re-assembled, by going to You Tube and entering “Margaine 9391”. Any repairs carried out during restoration are shown in bold type in the relevant paragraph. About The height of this clock with its handle raised (7.36”), makes it a “Calibre No3” – the largest of the so-called “full-sized” carriage clocks. The movement is housed in a quality and decorative brass Corniche case with a matching handle. It has its base (modesty) cover ad sits on four bun feet. A correctly fitting double-ended period associated key is supplied. The clock strikes once on the half-hour and the number of hours on the hour. Strikes are made on a blued-steel coiled gong which is screwed to the gong block on the clock’s back-plate. The current hour is struck when the repeat button on the top of the clock is pressed. The face consists of three elements – a silvered centre piece, an ivory-coloured chapter ring containing Arabic numerals and a beautifully machine-turned dial plate. The black hands are of the spade and poker style. As can be seen, all four pillars, the bottom and top platforms and the carry handle are all decorated with floral and leaf friezes, all of which are gilded. The other parts of the case are finished in very reflective and polished brass. Clock Statistics: · Width - including base platform – 9.6 cms. · Depth - including base platform – 8.3 cms. · Height - including base platform – 14.6 cms. and with handle raised – 18.7 cms. · Weight – 2.04 Kgs., or, 4lbs 8ozs. The movement... is number-stamped as follows: · 153– front of back plate – bottom left-hand corner. · 153 – last two digits of serial number – back of front plate – close to bottom centre. The movement was dismantled to component level and the following procedures carried out: 1. All components cleaned ultrasonically in a horological cleansing solution; washed, rinsed and heater-dried. 2. All wheels, arbors, leaves, levers, springs, rack, snail, pinions and pivots checked for alignment and wear – none found. 3. Pivots polished on clockmaker’s lathe. 4. Movement plates examined and pivot holes/bearings checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or age-related wear) - none found. 5. Pivot holes pegged out to remove any/all remaining debris (a “paste” of old/dried oil). 6. The mainspring and strike barrels were dismantled and checked for wear (none found). Both springs cleaned, lightly greased and re-fitted. The mainspring is the clock’s “muscle”. 7. All components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and then brush-polished with French chalk, which also helps to delay tarnishing, a natural brass occurrence. 8. Movement re-assembled - all arbors checked for “end shake”. 9. Contrate cock adjustment sink oiled and depth screw adjusted accordingly to ensure contrate arbor has correct amount of “end shake”. 10. All sinks/reservoirs oiled with high-grade Moebius clock oil. 11. The polished steel screws are all in excellent condition, with no sign of “screwdriver damage”. The style of the strike/repeat movement superseded the original, so I believe that this clock was made in the early 20th. century – circa 1900/1910. The platform... is the clock’s “heartbeat”. It is the most singularly important, yet delicate assembly. It manages the power generated by the mainspring through the going train – i.e., it controls the clock’s timekeeping. This silvered platform is the off-set ratchet lever type. Due to its precise fit, I would believe it to be the original. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Platform cleaned ultrasonically as a complete unit in horological cleaning fluid. 2. Completely dismantled - platform cleaned and leather-buff polished to preserve silvering. 3. Hairspring checked – no issues or rust. 4. Jewels checked for wear - pegged out and cleaned as appropriate. 5. Balance wheel, impulse jewel, fork and pallets cleaned; staff, pivots and all jewels checked for wear. 6. Escape wheel, pinion, leaves and index all cleaned and checked for wear. 7. Components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol. 8. Platform reassembled, oiled with high grade watch oil, powered and timed to 18,000 beats/hr. and beat-adjusted. Once timed and adjusted, the platform produces an even beat, a very positive action, with the hairspring “breathing” correctly within the index (or boot). The face-plate, dial and hands... are all in excellent condition and are as described earlier. The circular chapter ring was cleaned in a mild cleansing agent, rinsed and heater-dried. All the silvered parts were cleaned and then treated with silver lacquer. The movement, dial, false plate and hands were re-assembled and powered while the case was being overhauled. The case... is made of high quality, heavy brass and is like the Anglaise Riche style, but without the strongly squared edges. This, plus the numerals and frieze “decoration”, add to my belief of the manufacturing time. The case was dismantled to component level. Each component (excluding the handle) is stamped “6”, showing the case itself to be an original. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Parts cleaned in a warm solution of horological cleaner, washed, rinsed and heater-dried. 2. The decorative parts were cleaned and then lacquered to preserve the gilding. 3. All case components were dipped in isopropyl alcohol for de-greasing and then brush- polished with French chalk. 4. The parts were then treated with two coats of horological lacquer. Once dried, a coat of renaissance wax was added as a final protection. 5. I believe the 3mm bevelled five glass panels to be original to the clock, being made of high quality optical glass. The platform viewing window has 6mm bevelled glass which adds to the overall appeal of the case. 6. Case re-assembled. The door closes correctly - another indication of the case’s originality, quality, care and lack of trauma. As the case has been lacquered, it will not need any further care other than careful dusting – microfibre cloths are excellent for this. Under no circumstances should any silicon-based or metal polishes come anywhere near the clock. Testing... was carried out once the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for sx full run-downs without any issues and keeping excellent time. Please note: the index’s regulator arm is close to its centre position, which is where it should be after a complete overhaul and regulation. Payment... is acceptable in any form of cleared funds prior to shipment, such as bank transfer, cash or personal cheque. Should personal collection be required, then the transaction must be paid for in cash at the point of collection. Please note I do not accept PayPal. Shipping... will take place within one working day of receipt of cleared payment. However, every effort is made to ship on the same day. Shipping costs are a direct reflection of the consignment’s weight, transit cost and insurance, as well as delivery to the Post Office. UK - the clock will be shipped via Royal Mail on its “Next day 1pm, fully insured, tracked and signed for” delivery service, except for Saturday afternoons, Sundays and English Bank Holidays. Export customers - please contact me for shipping costs, as they are destination-dependent. Please note - shipping is always on a tracked, signed-for and fully insured basis (the price shown is for delivery to Australia). Any/all destination Customs and/or import duties and/or related taxes are the exclusive and sole responsibility of the buyer. This is an express condition of an export sale. Warranty The clock is warrantied against operational defects for twelve months from the date of dispatch and the buyer is responsible for all transport costs to and from base. The warranty does not cover damage caused by negligence or from the clock being mishandled or dropped. The user guide clearly describes the handling and operational requirements for this clock. Conclusion This heavy and excellent quality antiqueFrench repeater carriage clock is now in top condition throughout. As can be seen from its serial numbers, it is an original clock. The movement is good quality, perfectly complementing the quality case. The clock has been completely and professionally overhauled, including the case, which has brought it back to being in beautiful condition. It should be serviced every five years by a competent clockmaker to ensure optimum performance, as this is the working life of quality clock/watch oil. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'll be happy to help. The signed and dated restoration report is included, as well as a user guide. Thank you for looking Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: In beautiful condition throughout, both operationally and physically., Age: 1900/1910, Material: Brass, Type: Repeat/striker, Features: Repeater/striker, Sub-Type: Carriage Clock, Brand: Unbranded, Clock Type: Carriage clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French, Clock Sub-Type: Wind Up

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